Friday, May 15, 2009

Saving tax dollars. Huh!

Dear Editor:

In the true sense of irony, I received notice of my increased mortgage payment in the same week as the latest PR postcard from the Olentangy school district. So my mortgage increased due to the latest levy and the district has the nerve to claim it's saving tax dollars. Saving? Come on now.

How about some truth in advertising. The district may claim to be saving tax dollars, but my tax bill rises all the same. If the district really wants to save tax dollars, it would reduce its operating millage and collect less tax dollars from hard-strapped taxpayers.

Yes, Ohio law allows taxing districts to reduce, by board resolution, the amount of millage collected. So the board only needs to take a vote in order to have the district's claim come true -- for next year, anyway.

Do I think that will happen? No. Why not? Simple. Those "saves" were reallocated to new expenditures even before the ink was dry -- expenditures which include the new superintendent salary and administrative raises and higher annuities, as well as the cost of the postcards themselves.

No money was saved. The proof is your increased mortgage payment.

By the way, I would have rather kept my portion of this latest PR campaign -- some $2 or so -- to spend or save as I see fit.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice post Jim. Unfortunately, one has no relevance to the other. There is no logic to the claim that if the board saves money they can or should reduce revenue. There is also no link to show that because they are collecting the same revenue that the savings were not realized.

When you were on the board budgets were stretch to allow the district to wait several more years than expected to ask for another levy. Even though the money was not needed as expected, it was still collected, it just was not spent as quickly.

As an expert on funding in Ohio, your really should be more intellectually honest with your readers.

Jim Fedako said...

12:10 --

You are missing the point. The district just took on additional costs that wiped away any supposed savings.

And, no, when I was on the board, the district did not stretch anything. Circumstances (unexpected property taxes and increased state funding) allowed for a delay of the next levy.

In fact, the board spent assumed available funds without consideration of levy delay. That's how negotiations occurred.

To note: The board also spent down its balance and did not play the game of x% set aside, leading to an early levy.

That is the honest story, whether you like it or not.

Anonymous said...

The district takes on additional cost every day, it is the price of running a business. Every day you open your doors (or even keep them closed) you are spending money.

I lived in the district when you were on the board. I worked the levy campaigns. I remember that one talking point was that the district, through fiscal restraint, was able to stretch the three year levy longer. So I guess your board was just as dishonest as you claim the current board is.

Jim Fedako said...

4:36 --

"The district takes on additional cost every day, it is the price of running a business."That is just plain silly -- or foolish. You know exactly what I meant, so why obfuscate?

"So I guess your board was just as dishonest as you claim the current board is."Are you new to this site or my history? Have you not followed my change of view as I learned more about the system?

The district lied to the board (it always do -- and the board is many times complicit), the board lied to the community (it still does), and you believed it (you wanted to believe). And you still believe it.

Don't for a moment think that OFK wasn't in the know, and still in the know. It's one big happy family lying to keep the money and salaries rolling.

Anonymous said...

Is this numbnut for real? "Every day you open your doors (or even keep them closed) you are spending money."

The more truthful sentence is "Every day you open your doors...the district is wasting your money".

Jim Fedako said...

To (12:10 / 4:36) --

Regarding latest (unpublished) comment:

A sophist is someone who, though intelligent, twists logic during debates. While you twist logic, I sense no intelligence.

If you are not going to read the post about INCREASED expenditures that were NOT budgeted prior to the levy, then there is no point continuing the thread.

Note: When I was one the board, I never allowed the district or OFK to lie about that which I understood. There would have been no district-funded consultants aiding a levy and there would have been no false campaign claims, backed by bogus opinions from district-paid attorneys.

That has all changed.

What you seem unable to grasp is that when someone learns and understands more, she can either accept it and change her views, or she can push the knowledge aside and continue to live the lie -- since the lie benefits her.

You are the latter.

Jim Fedako said...

What I forgot to point out is this: In the face of recent revelations regarding the district, you are silent. Why? Are you willing to overlook abuse or power as long as YOU benefit in the end. Is this what you teach your children?

Anonymous said...

The reason I have not commented is you and your little (very little) band of conspiracy theorists have provided nothing worth a comment.

You have taken small issues and with no evidence or backup turned them into some supposedly major issue of dastardly do on the part of the board and administration.

Most of it is laughable but very little of it is substantial enough to bother commenting upon.

Jim Fedako said...

11:56 --

"Most of it is laughable but very little of it is substantial enough to bother commenting upon."

But you just commented. Do you see the logical flaw?

Now, go away.